CSS at Fine Line Music Cafe, 6/25/13

Categories: Last Night
Photo by Erik Hess
CSS with IO Echo
Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis
Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"Let's rule this place with lots of love and respect and hair!" Lovefoxxx exclaimed Tuesday night as she was brushing her Morticia Adams-like wig out of her face. She sure did rule the place. The lead singer of the Brazilian band CSS was captivating as she danced around onstage singing songs mostly about love -- something that is not always a deep topic, but CSS is not really about deep. They're about fun; the example being their name Cansei de Ser Sexy, meaning "tired of being sexy."

With the fog machine on, the lone male drummer and four girls made their way onstage. While everyone was dressed like the typical rock star in jeans and T-shirts, Lovefoxxx worked a white button-down shirt and polka-dot skirt, and was ready to strip down as the night progressed. While certainly sexy in a quirky way, she was also funny. As soon as she belted out the angry "Art Bitch," she said, "Yeah, Minneapolis is in the house. We're CSS from...the internet. Everyone's in there. (under her breath) Shit it's so hot." It truly was steamy in the Fine Line, made even steamier by the dancing bodies, but it's difficult to stand still at a CSS show.

Photos by Erik Hess
Armed with the just-released new album Planta, the band had a full set of songs to pull from for their North American tour -- songs that brought out the punk side of the band. The deliveries of pieces such as "Hangover" and "Teenage Tiger Cat" can be paralleled to the no-nonsense Ramones, with some added joy. "Teenage Tiger Cat" even had a death metal bridge thrown in.

Lovefoxxx has a flair for dramatic, most especially with her stage outfits and props. She arrived dressed a bit dowdy, but eventually stripped down to a net-like "dress" and fishnet stockings -- she was could have been wearing just her underwear and bra. Fortunately, no yelled at her to "take it off." Probably because she's so easy going. Even her props had flair, including her fans with flowing fabric and her black cape with gold lining. She was like a female drag queen.

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